We had a (wee) bit of time between moving to Scotland and the beginning of Bobby’s course. He was studying his Anatomy review like a mad-man. Suddenly, my birthday appeared out of nowhere and we decided we might as well take advantage of some free time.
We took a 3 hour road trip to Edinburgh! Everything along the way was so beautiful. We kept looking out the window and saying “WOW” to everything we saw! The sun was shining brightly on the dotted hills, the charming little villages along the way and perfectly white, snowcapped mountains off in the distance.
Beautiful Green Pastures!
Snow capped hills? mountains?
A beautiful little town we drove through (picture doesn’t do justice!)
Bridge going into Edinburgh
To save our lives in the short term, to shorten our lives in the long term.
The only downside to the road trip was I didn’t think to pack snacks in case there was construction traffic, which happened. So, our only hope for survival was McDonalds. I got a “grilled chicken wrap” that was basically a tortilla, floppy steamed chicken that I gave to Luther, a translucent pink tomato and some kind of sauce that was a combination of ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Thankfully, there was a side of fries. Nothing like eating fries on your way to doing more sitting! And then having fast food fingers for the remainder of the trip.
We arrived to our hotel which was right by the Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was too late in the day to get started with touring the city (because it gets dark by 4pm in January). But first things first, visiting friends who live in Edinburgh! Our kind friends Jonathan & Rebecca invited us over for dinner and we had a great time catching up with them and eating incredible homemade food. They even made me a birthday cake (lemon & almond – the best combo EVER). We chatted until way past our bedtimes but it was a lovely night! We’re grateful to have friends who live in Scotland.
The next day was our day to sightsee and explore! And because we only had one day- we decided to do the Hop On/Hop Off tour to get a look at the city and to get a ride to the Royal Mile! I could probably write multiple posts to sum up this one trip, but I just decided to give you a photo gallery with some little bits of information to go along. Click on the photos to enlarge and read captions. Enjoy!
Bobby listening to the audio tour on the double decker bus.
Cool buildings everywhere!
So many charming pubs.
Amazing View of the Royal Mile from the top level of the double decker.
The Queen’s Gallery
Entrance to Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s Castle
On the outside of the Queen’s Gallery… I don’t know what it means but it looks very royal!
I couldn’t believe my eyes- this place is breathtaking and so OLD!
The home of John Knox, dates back to around 1470.
John Knox was a leader in the Reformation & the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland.
Bobby and I had an incredible lunch at a turkish restaurant on the Royal Mile. I took this picture for my brother, Turkish Delight is real, Micah!
More awesome pubs & buildings.
Keeping a list of places I want to take my mom!
We found this charming little neighborhood down a little close right of the Royal Mile.
Old Calton Hill Burial Ground, opened in the 1700s- beautiful views of Edinburgh (burial site of David Hume)
A piper piping.
I want this.
Everyone else rubbed the golden toe, Bobby tickled it. A statue of David Hume, a philosopher during the enlightenment, with his foot on the 10 Commandments, is directly across the Street from St. Giles.
St. Giles Cathederal, 12th Century! Nicknamed, “The Mother Church of Presbyterianism”- this was the hub of the Reformation. First medieval church I’ve ever seen!
Another cute pub… and some young folk up to no good!
William Wallace raising money for leukemia research. Things got violent, but we managed to slip by unharmed.
Victoria Hall was built in the 1800s to house the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Now, it’s called “The Hub” and is a venue for weddings, conferences, and there’s a swanky cafe inside. The beautiful victorian architecture is mind blowing in person!
love the details, even in the roads!
Love this cab!
Finally, the other end of the Royal Mile – Bobby in front of the Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th Century!
gah- this place is so old!!
So happy to be spending my 32nd birthday in Edinburgh!
Looking back onto the old side of town from the “new” side of town.
More adventures to come…